Salvatore Rossano and Santa Taranta
Salvatore is a musician, an ethnomusicologist and a composer. His career has thus far united his passion for musical research and performance. He has traveled, played and conducted field research in Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Australia. He holds a Masters Degree in Hispanic Music and a PhD in Ethnomusicology and is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University. In 2015 he was granted an IIS Institute Fellowship to research the folk music revival in Southern Italy and to develop his skills as a musician.
Salvatore has been an ambassador for Italian folk music since his migration to Australia in 2013, when he formed the group ‘Santa Taranta’, which brought to Australia the authentic sounds of Southern Italy with a contemporary, worldly flair. The band has toured all over Australia and in Italy, performing at many prominent Folk Festivals and music venues.
In 2018 the band released its first Album 'Sete' and followed this up with a new show called "Sonu - Italian Folk Songs from the National Library of Australia", which premiered the same year at the National Folk Festival. The show is the result of an artistic research that Salvatore conducted as National Folk Fellow 2018. It has also been presented in Italy during July-August 2018 with great success.